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Giving Hope

As a child growing up in Jamaica, Hope Miller saw many people in desperate need for sufficient medical care. Her experiences inspired her to become a nurse and help fellow Jamacians.

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As a child growing up in Jamaica, Hope Miller saw many people in desperate need for sufficient medical care. The lack of resources and trained health care professionals in her country inspired her to become a nurse herself. She is committed to helping the people of Jamaica get the care they need.

In 2001, Hope founded Caribbean Health Outreach, a nonprofit organization that provides medical services and health education to people living in the Caribbean, with a special focus on her native Jamaica.

Through the organization, Hope recruits medical volunteers to spend one week a year in rural Jamaica, where poverty and access to expert medicine is at its worst. Many physicians and nurses come from Kaiser Permanente, and often work in tents with no running water. Still, they manage to see hundreds of patients, many of whom are seeing a doctor for the first time. Hope is also able to arrange for follow-up appointments and medicines, as needed.

The rest of the year she devotes time toward raising funds for her organization, which also lends support to schools and orphanages in Jamaica and pays the salaries of two physicians in Haiti.

When asked why she so generously gives of herself, she answers with her favorite quote, from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”